Soyuz crew reportedly alive after emergency landing

Cesar Mills
October 11, 2018

Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague were on board but their lives "are not in danger", said Russian state TV.

A Soyuz rocket takes off from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Search and rescue teams are heading towards the expected touchdown location of the spacecraft and crew'.

But the members were forced to make an emergency landing after suffering a booster malfunction during launch in Kazakhstan.

Search and rescue crews are on their way to the Soyuz capsule, and were likely to reach it by 11.30pm, NZ time.

The rocket was carrying US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin. "The teams are en route to the landing site".

Roscosmos and NASA said the three-stage Soyuz booster suffered an emergency shutdown of its second stage.

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"Teams have been in contact with the crew".

Cosmonaut Alexander Volkov commented: 'The guys are lucky that they remained alive.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft is seen moments after blastoff.

The pair was set to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours after launch, but the booster rocket failed minutes after launch.

In the event of a booster failure, mission control will normally cancel the flight to avoid endangering the astronauts on board.

Once separated during an emergency landing, the module will fire its parachute and float back to Earth.

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